After more than a decade playing the fan-favorite superhero, the ultra-jacked actor is making his (most likely) final appearance as the character in the upcoming Logan, the latest of Wolverine's standalone movies in 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise. Jackman was perfectly cast as the cigar-chomping Canadian mutant for the original X-Men film, and he’s stayed with the franchise ever since.
Whether he's saving his fellow X-Men from bad guys at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters in X2, battling Vinnie Jones’s jacked Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand, or making scene-stealing cameo appearances in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Jackman has been a stalwart part of the hero lineup.
As he prepares for his last run as the character, here's a look at what we know about Logan and why it will be super-badass.
Logan, directed by James Mangold and starring Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, and Stephen Merchant, will be released on March 3, 2017.
After months of fan speculation about what the third solo Wolverine film would be named, Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold finally revealed the title, Logan, the real-name of the hero. This the first time Jackman is starring in a Wolverine-centric film without the superhero’s name in the title, but that’s likely by design: The film is expected to follow the "Old Man Logan" storyline from the comics, which could explore some of the depths of Wolverine as a character. The title may be a hint that audiences will get to see a different side of the hero, but don’t worry—Jackman is expected to still kick major ass in this flick, since producer Simon Kinberg said it will be rated R.
Patrick Stewart is reprising his role as Professor X for the new Wolverine film, and as this photo suggests, our heroes will be looking pretty ragged and run-down at the start of the movie. Jackman revealed the first official picture of what Stewart will look like as Charles Xavier, calling him his “old friend"—emphasis on the old. Stewart has appeared in multiple X-Men films as the character and this could also be his final appearance in the series along with Jackman. Xavier may not be the same powerful, mind-reading mutant from earlier films: The plot is expected to feature Wolverine taking care of the professor, who may not even remember who Logan is.
In case there was any doubt, Jackman will be jacked again to play Wolverine. Jackman is always in fantastic shape, but when it comes to playing the character, the Australian actor takes things to another level. Jackman told Men’s Fitness about the workouts and training that he used to bulk up to play the hero in the past and he’s doing the same thing this time around for Logan. Through social media, Jackman has revealed some of his training techniques, including barbell curls that show his muscles bulging out of his skin.
Mangold revealed the second page of the script on social media, and if anything’s certain about this film, the future will not be kind to Wolverine. The “Old Man Logan” storyline takes place in an apocalyptic future, and Logan is expected to follow suit. If the comic storyline is any guide, the movie will feature a government program designed to turn mutant kids into weapons. Logan ends up mentoring a young girl who has claws just like him.
As for Logan himself, he will be pretty run-down once the story picks up, based on Mangold's script. "As for our hero, well, he's older now and it's clear his abilities aren't what they once were,” the script reads. “He's fading on the inside and his diminished healing factor keeps him in a constant state of chronic pain — hence, booze as a painkiller."
In X-Men: Age of Apocalypse—spoiler alert—Logan makes a cameo appearance as "Weapon X," clawing his way through a bunch of military dudes before taking off for parts unknown. In the film's post-credits scene, a group of men in suits visit the facility where Logan was being held in the film, taking a blood sample belonging to Wolverine. The men are revealed to be part of the Essex Corporation, which is connected to Nathaniel Essex, aka the villain Mr. Sinister. Director Bryan Singer confirmed that this is a tease for Logan and that the villain will appear in the film.